Originally Posted by coaster
I disagree strongly because that IS exactly what this is all about. It's not about equal rights. And that's why they'll never accept civil unions, which do give them equal rights. This is a point I elaborated on in the previous thread; I'll have to refer readers back there; I'm pretty busy today.
Tim, the previous thread was removed for reasons I can't discuss.
I don't know if civil unions actually give homosexuals equal rights in the U.S.. They don't in Germany and a few other European countries. For example, widows or widowers can't collect social security benefits, and homosexual couples can't adopt from state adoption agencies here. There are other restrictions that I can't think of off the top of my head.
I think civil unions, registered partnerships or gay marriages do
lead to more social acceptance or recognition of such relationships, and I personally find that positive. Before registered partnerships were allowed in Germany, there were very few public figures who were open about being gay. Now, all of the four major political parties have well-known members who have "come out", including the Liberal Party leader, and the mayors of two major cities. Several celebrities/entertainers have also become quite open about their homosexuality. It doesn't appear to have hurt their careers at all, and most people seem to just shrug their shoulders, because it's no longer an "issue" or "deep, dark secret".